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Player notes on Jensen, Hartnell, Enroth, Kaberle and Frattin … Rangers fine with Islanders move … No relocation, expansion planned

  • Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: Canucks prospect Nicklas Jensen will likely stay in Sweden if the NHL lockout ends, playing the entire season with AIK of the SEL.

    “As our team is positioned right now we have a couple of extra forwards,” Gillis said. “He is doing extremely well there and to bring him over here for a short training camp, he’d be flying for 18 hours, you get here and it’s going to be pretty hard for him to crack our lineup.”

  • Juha Hiitela via twitter: Savon Sanomat newspaper is reporting that Scott Hartnell will join KalPa of the Finnish league on November 15th. He’s a part owner of the team.
  • Matias Strozyk via twitter: Hockeysverige is reporting that Jhonas Enroth signed with Huddinge of Sweden’s 3rd league, a 2 game contract.
  • Dan Rosen via twitter: Bettman said that the Brooklyn group are discussing ways to get the seating up to 15,000+, from the 14,500 currently for hockey.
  • Kattie Strang via twitter: Sources say the Rangers need to approve the Islanders move to Brooklyn. It hasn’t officially been granted, but there doesn’t appear to be an issue.
  • Dan Rosen via twitter: The Islanders move to Brooklyn doesn’t require the Board of Governors approval as they are moving within their own territory.

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Afternoon notes involving: Radulov, Perry, Sbisa, MacDonald, Markov, Kaberle, Sekera, and Starting goalies

  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Alexander Radulov’s agent tells @plysenkov that he’s “not expecting any news today or even tomorrow.” Salavat is wanting Radulov to buyout is his deal. Salavat will somehow keep his rights if Radulov buys himself out. Radulov would have to pay Salavat 2/3 of his deal if he wants to return to Nashville now. KHL contract numbers are not required to be disclosed to public.
  • Mike Harrington via twitter: Sabres Andrej Sekera might play tomorrow. Nathan Gerbe traveled with the team, but his status is unknown.

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State of the Montreal Canadiens: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by Grant Webster

With the off season re-signing of top defenseman Andrei Markov and the addition of right winger Erik Cole to add size and grit up front, Montreal was anticipating a better year than last.  Young players Max Pacioretty, Lars Eller, P.K. Subban, and, of course, The Franchise Carey Price were all expected to continue to grow into consistent and effective performers.  Things were looking good in Montreal because the team remained almost entirely intact, the only major loss being veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik, but this was believed to have been offset by the return of two defensemen who were injured for much of last year (Markov and Josh Gorges), as well as the addition of young defenders Raphael Diaz and Alexei Emelin to add some offense and size, respectively.

Unfortunately, come February all team expectations have been missed and Montreal could realistically come away with a lottery pick.  Markov has yet to return from last season’s injury, veteran players aren’t performing, and the team can’t consistently win.  GM Pierre Gauthier has yet to throw in the towel, however, as his job likely depends on whether or not the team can get something going.  This begs the question, however, as to what Montreal will do between now and the trade deadline.  A number of needs have been missing for a few years in Montreal, the top of which is consistent scoring and a big, first line centre.  One can pine away for this addition every year around this time, but they don’t come often and cost a lot to trade for.  Drafting this type of player is a better plan.

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Carter will be moved … Smyth staying with Oilers … Rangers want top 6 … Zidlicky could be dealt within days … Lines and starting goalies

  • Brian Huddle via twitter: Huddle noted that Aaron Portzline said on TSN1050 that Blue Jackets forward Jeff Carter WILL be moved.
  • Edmonton Oilers via twitter: GM Tambellini: “I have no plans to move Ryan Smyth. Ryan has made it clear that he wants to stay here and play for the Oilers.”
  • Jim Matheson via twitter: If Ales Hemsky would take a 2 year, $4.25 million per year deal, it would likely get done tomorrow. The Oilers are leery of a 4 or 5 year deal due to injury history.
  • Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals GM George McPhee on Mike Green, “…It’ll be no more than 7 to 10 days and it could be this wkend.”
  • George Richards via twitter: Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov is off his crutches and says that he’ll begin skating this week. Defenseman Jason Garrison will be out 7-10 days with a lower body injury.
  • Tony Marinaro via twitter: Dreger said that the Canadiens wouldn’t get 1 call if they shopped Tomas Kaberle. One GM told Dreger that Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is the executive of the year for trading Kaberle.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Maple Leafs defenseman Carl Gunnarsson was put on the IR with an ankle injury and will miss at least 7 days.
  • Mike Heika via twitter: Stars lines: Ott-Benn-Vincour. Eriksson-Ribeiro-Ryder. Nystrom-Fiddler-Dvorak. Dowell-Wandell-Burish.
  • Sam Kasan of NHL.com: Pittsburgh Penguins lines: Kunitz-Malkin-Neal, Cooke-Staal-Dupuis, Sullivan-O’Reilly-Jeffrey, Adams-Vitale-Park, (Asham).
  • Tom Gulitti via twitter: Devils lines: Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk; Sykora-Elias-Clarkson; Ponikarovsky-Zubrus-Bernier; Veilleux-Josefson-Janssen.
  • Andrew Gross via twitter: Rangers lines: Anisimov-Stepan-Gaborik. Hagelin-Richards-Callahan. Dubinsky-Boyle-Prust. Rupp-Mitchell-Fedotenko.
  • Scott MacArthur via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: Lupul-Bozak-Kessel, MacArthur-Grabovski-Connolly, Crabb-Lombardi-Kulemin, Boyce-Steckel-Brown.

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State of the Detroit Red Wings: NHL Trade Deadline Edition

Written by George Malik of Kuklas Korner and can be found on twitter at @georgemalik

Wings fans seem to have regrettably forgotten both the lay of the land and the reality of doing business in a league whose general managers do each other no favors. As the calendar turned from January to February, the list of teams supposedly interested in top-six forwards and depth defensemen with grit is longer than the list of teams which continue to ride the uncomfortable fence line between buying and selling because they still have realistic aspirations of cracking the playoff pack before the month is out, especially in the Western Conference.

Moreover, while Wings fans tend to ignore the fact that asking prices for top flight talent involve roster players, top prospects and draft picks–the bizarre Hemsky and Andy Sutton to Detroit for Tomas Jurco and a 1st round pick rumor wasn’t far off in terms of what the Oilers might be asking for, and when Wings fans drool over Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and World Junior Championship performers like Petr Mrazek and Teemu Pulkkinen, opposing teams’ GM’s do the same darn thing.

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Sens could be buyers … Flyers like Suter and Schenn … Red Wings eye Parise … Oils like Ellis … Green out 4-6 weeks … Ribeiro to IR

  • James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk:

    “If we continue on our road and we’re healthy, we’ll certainly look at doing something prior to the trade deadline and, at the very least, we’ll be looking at doing something.

    “But a lot also has to do with not screwing around with a good thing,” he said, noting the players are pleased with their current situation.

    “But if they are behind it, this is the one time you let the players speak and they’ll tell you in a heartbeat, yeah, we need this and we need that and that’s it.”

  • Brian Hedger via twitter: Frustrated Sabres goalie Ryan Miller: “We’ve got to find it from in here. We can’t sit and wait for somebody else to (bleeping) do it.” and “Do you guys really think there’s any kind of trade made … that’s going to affect this team any more than we can affect it … ?”
  • Sportsnet.ca: According to a report from Bruce Garrioch, if the Blue Jackets decide to replace GM Scott Howson, former Maple Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr. is a possible replacement.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Flyers continue to monitor Predators defenseman Ryan Suter. James van Riemsdyk could have been a piece, but he is currently out with a concussion. He has a muscle tear in his abdomen and has a hip that will require surgery this offseason. Would the Flyers consider moving Brayden Schenn as Sean Couturier may have passed him on the depth chart? They have their 1st round pick in play and possibly blueline prospect Marc-Andre Bourdon. A condition on a Suter deal would be for him to sign a long-term deal before July 1st. The Flyers like a Luke Schenn for James van Riemsdyk deal if they can’t land Suter. His concussion could put things on hold for now. The Lightning won’t be buyers at the deadline, but they’ll be taking offers on UFAs like Dominic Moore. GM Yzerman won’t look for a goalie now, and may wait for the offseaon and look at Josh Harding, Jonathan Bernier or Cory Schneider. Matheson says the Red Wings could be interested in Zach Parise this summer. They have the cap space to offer him a 5 year deal at a $8.25 million cap hit. The Penguins could use a guy like Tuomu Ruutu. The Oilers would love to get Predators dman Ryan Ellis. The Preds would be willing to move Jonathan Blue as he’s fallen out of favor.
  • Lindsay Applebaum of the Washington Post: Capitals defenseman will be out 4 to 6 weeks as he will undergo abdominal surgery. He’ll have the surgery today to hopefully repair damage from his now-chronic groin issue.
  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Sidney Crosby said late last week that he is still experiencing some trouble with motion and balance, will see a concussion specialist in chiropractic neurology. Crosby didn’t suffer any setbacks after skating on Friday and Saturday.
  • Dallas Morning News: The Stars have put center Mike Ribeiro on the IR with a lower body injury.
  • Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: There is no update on Kings winger Simon Gagne. He’s been out since Dec. 26th with a concussion. He is not doing any hockey activity, nor is he with the team.

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Giroux practices … Arniel safe … Burke could be looking at a Jan. trade … Parise only dealt if can’t be re-sign

NHL holiday roster freeze kicks in at midnight tonight and ends at midnight on the 27th.

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly:  Claude Giroux practiced with the Flyers yesterday in a no contact jersey for the first time since sustaining a concussion. He said his headaches are “pretty much” gone. Giroux is not expected to play until after Christmas, and could miss the Winter Classic.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson on Scott Arniel’s coaching status:

    “Coaching is not an issue on this team, as to where we are right now.”

    “The players have to take it upon themselves to play better. “We’re all struggling through this, players included.”

  • Kevin Paul Dupont via twitter: The Maple Leafs are wilting, so expect GM Brian Burke to make a significant deal at the start of January. It’s time for ID “tradeables” on the Leafs roster.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: The Blue Jackets talked with the Coyotes about Kyle Turris, but they couldn’t find a match. It’s likely the Blue Jackets will trade Vinny Prospal at the trade deadline. The 36 year old will be a UFA at the end of the season.
  • Darren Dreger of TSN: Before being sent to the Canadiens for Jaroslav Spacek, the Hurricanes were offering a 2nd round pick to anyone willing to take Tomas Kaberle’s contract. If the Canadiens miss the playoffs or are knocked out early, can expect a full organizational review, with GM Pierre Gautier being very vulnerable. A few teams have made strong offers for Maple Leafs defensemen Keith Aulie and Cody Franson. They were “good” offers, but Burke isn’t interested in trading either defenseman at the moment. Burke may use Franson as a “piece” in his “fine tuning.” Aulie may only be dealt if he’s part of a bigger deal. The Devils priority is to re-sign Zach Parise, and he’d only be dealt after Lamoriello has done everything he can to re-sign him. Dreger thinks the Red Wings and Penguins would be as aggressive on Parise as other teams.
  • Michael Russo via twitter: The Wild have called up Chad Rau and Jed Ortmeyer, placed Casey Wellman on the IR, and sent Cody Almond back to the AHL. The Wild do not expect Mikko Koivu or Pierre-Marc Bouchard to be in the lineup.

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Sunday morning rumor roundup … Giroux and Bryzgalov leave last night’s game early … Richards updates

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Canadiens made a desperate move in acquiring Tomas Kaberle, and if doesn’t work, it could cost GM Pierre Gauthier his job. Capitals GM George McPhee has been trying to make a move to shake up their team. They’d love to move Alexander Semin but “there is no market for a struggling, underachieving winger making too much money these days.” Don’t expect the Martin Brodeur to be a rental player. If the Bruins don’t re-sign Chris Kelly, who’ll be a UFA at seasons end, the Senators could be interested. After Brian Burke’s extended Christmas roster freeze, the Maple Leafs could be looking for help down the middle as Tim Connolly has been struggling with injuries. Blue Jackets Derick Brassard could interest them, and GM Scott Howson was spotted at Marlies game. The Kings are working the phones trying to make a move, and they’d love to move Dustin Penner.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers forward Claude Giroux was held out of the 3rd period last on precautionary measure after taking a hit to the head. Giroux was examined by a doctor last night and was feeling better. He’ll be re-evaluated this morning. GM Paul Holmgren on if Giroux has headaches: “not really headaches. This was really just precautionary at this stage.” Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov left the game with 13:01 left in the 3rd. “It was starting to bother me more and more during the game and we decided to be safe,” he said. Holmgren and Bryzgalov don’t think he’ll be sidelined.
  • Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: With Avalanche struggling, coach Joe Sacco and GM Greg Sherman could be on their way out if things don’t improve. Gleason thinks the Sabres should call about center Paul Stastny. They could offer up a Derek Roy or Drew Stafford and Andrej Sekera in a package for Stastny. Oilers have had Sam Gagner available all year, and they’re willing to listen to offers for Ales Hemsky, but teams aren’t lining up for either.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Red Wings have about $5.6 million in salary cap space, and could use another Top 6-9 forward, as well as a veteran defenseman. Wings GM Ken Holland has been a Ales Hemsky fan, who’ll be a UFA at seasons end.
  • Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider: Kings center Mike Richards might join the Kings at some point on their 9 game road trip. He skated briefly on Friday, and continues off-ice workouts.

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Fallout from the Kaberle trade … Pronger has concussion-like symptoms, Schenn mild concussion … Ryan to center … Gonchar doubtful

  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: One GM told LeBrun that he was absolutely shocked that the Hurricanes were able to move Tomas Kaberle’s contract.
  • Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford on the signing of Kaberle: “I should have known better.” Rutherford added that he would have “preferred” to have dealt Kaberle for a forward but “there was not a deal out there.”
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Hickey doesn’t think the Kaberle trade “doesn’t make sense on any level. ” The Canadiens now have $43 million tied into 12 players and have Carey Price, P.K. Subban, Josh Gorges, Raphael Diaz, Alexei Emelin and Lars Eller as RFAs.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger has “concussion-like” symptoms, and forward Brayden Schenn has a mild concussion. Pronger will be further evaluated on Wednesday by the same doctors who treated Sidney Crosby. GM Paul Holmgren on Schenn “We’ll keep him shut down through the weekend and see how he is Monday.”
  • M Whicker of the OC Register: With Saku Koivu injured, the Ducks are shifting Bobby Ryan to center Teemu Selanne and Andrew Cogliano. Bruce Boudreau hopes to have defenseman Lubomir Visnovksy back “within a week to 10 days.”
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar is doubtful for tonight. He left Thursday’s game with an upper body injury. Filip Kuba is at least 3 weeks away from returning from his upper body injury.

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Hurricanes trade Kaberle to the Canadiens for Spacek

The Carolina Hurricanes have traded defenseman Tomas Kaberle to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Jaroslav Spacek.

Kaberle was signed this offseason by the Hurricanes for 3 years at $12.75 million. Things didn’t work that well in Carolina for him, and he had been rumored to be on the trade block for over a month. He carries a $4.25 million cap for 2 more seasons.

Spacek carries a $3.833 million cap hit, and will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Gus Katsaros via twitter: “Expensive contract aside, the change in scenery could do Kabs some good. Another puck rusher letting Subban be the shot on the PP”

Dennis Bernstein via twitter: “All the Kaberle deal does is jam up cap space Gauthier’s successor would have had off Spacek expiring deal.”

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